Families of children and youth with special health care needs have much on their plates, but for the health and safety of the child, it is important to put some energy into planning for emergencies. If your family has considered these circumstances, made plans on how to manage the issue, and had time to practice those plans, YOU are better prepared for the unexpected.
THIS IS NEW ENGLAND! Create a plan to address weather-related inconveniences (like interruption of heat, electricity, and phone service-as may be seen during unpredicted snowstorms, heavy rains of spring and autumn floods-or even tornadoes or hurricanes). Start by thinking about your medical needs-in case the pharmacy is closed for a few days, and then what will help to keep your family comfortable?
To learn what supplies to stock, check out the American Red Cross.
Consider other emergencies that may come up. Make a plan to address each. This may include:
What should my children do if they arrive home to an empty house?
How do we evacuate our home in case of a fire?
What if we run out of water during a storm?
How do we turn off our gas or water?
Where can my family go if our neighborhood is evacuated?
How can we keep in touch if we are not all at home at the time of the emergency?